Swaziland's Flora Database:
Ansellia africana Lindl.
(name current 2016)
(Ansellia gigantea var. gigentea)
(Ansellia gigantea var. gigantea)
Growth form: Epiphyte
Also occurs outside southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Local abundance: rare
Southern Africa and eastern tropical Africa
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Ansellia gigantea - Densely tufted epiphyte, clumps sometimes 1 m or more in width. Stem stiff, up to 30 cm long, 2 cm diam clothed with dry leaf-bases. Leaves 3—8 in two rows, somewhat folded and ridged lengthwise with conspicuous veins, up to 40 cm long >c 4 cm wide at middle. Inflorescence terminal, much branched, up to 60 cm long. Flowers numerous, well-spaced, on slender stalks. Petals and sepals spreading, all more or less alike, c 2 cm long x 5 mm wide, yellow, sometimes blotched; lip 1,5 cm long, oblong with small lateral lobes and c three lengthwise ridges.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)